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process lead to. i want to thank the former mayor as well as current mayor for their ongoing commitment to making sure that this happens. we still have a lot of work did. just at the board, we will be reading hundreds of pages of legal agreements in the coming months to make sure that the t's are crossed and tehe i's are dotted. we will be talking about things we still need to focus that hand-in-hand we will be doing to move things forward. in recent months, i'm very proud that i think the legislative branch and executive branch have been moving forward together on many fronts. this is epitomized by the work we have done on the america's cup, and i look forward in coming months and years to that work coming to fruition of not just an amazing event, but many bottles of champagne being uncorked with mayor lee. thank you all for being here.
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>> as supervisor mirkarimi is coming up, lieutenant governor, you deserve to be here. come on up here and join us because you have done so much work on this. your leadership, working with the board. come on up. [applause] , on, gavin. don't tell me you have nothing to say. >> on behalf of the state of california, let me thank mayor lee for his leadership and support of this cut. truly, i have nothing to say except it is great to be in the back. during the mayor's speak so passionately about this. it was a point of real concern for me. it was important to all of us that we had the right leadership in room 200 and make sure we had a mayor that was committed to this, not just
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interested in making sure this happens. we were not joking when we said a couple of weeks ago that the real work is ahead of us, not behind us, and we are going to need that kind of leadership to fulfil the promises we made, and we made a lot of promises. a lot of them have been reported. candidly, a lot of them have not been. we need to make sure this is done on time and to the level of expectation that all of us have, so i just want to congratulate mayor lee for his enthusiastic support, and i appreciate his help starting this through the process that requires, and to be here and lead us on to the extent i can to other federal partners as well as private sector partners. congratulations, everybody. [applause] >> one of the leaders we will have in the continuing conversations on implementing the america's cup is supervisor ross mirkarimi, without his
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assistance, we would not be here today. [applause] supervisor mirkarimi: good morning. it is an honor and the like to be here with former mayor, n lieutenant, newsom, mayor ed lee, and the rest of the city family. many people refer to me as an early supporter of the idea to bring america's cup to san francisco. as many of you know, for me, it is a generational level of support because growing up in southern rhode island where southern rhode island newport was the host of the america's cup for 53 years out of a 150- year tradition, of course, that enthusiasm is compounded once we knew that mr. ellison had won the cup, the san francisco should pounce on the ability to try to become the host here. naturally, we wanted to do
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everything we possibly could to work together as a city family to extend our families to secure that particular right. needless to say, the people of rhode island are a little bit upset with me, and i and my home town, as my mom likes to remind me. i'm sort of kidding. they said the politics thing does not work there. come back home. that idea is completely off the table. as it relates, i think, to index steps, we are very appreciative of the fact that the city family came together in what was amid very extraordinary circumstances. the board of supervisors, supervisors, room 200, as well as with the private sector to be able to proffer what seems to be the strongest deal that will possibly could devise in meeting a deadline that really was imposed upon us. we also realize in the blessing
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of that particular agreement, that there needed to be some massaging of those terms, even after the deal was signed with mr. ellison, that those particular details of those terms i think still need a proper vetting, and i know, as president chiu had alluded, we will continue to be those watchdogs as well as to be that pep rally in making sure san francisco does everything it can in holding the interest of our citizens and the people of the bay area in making sure all those details are exactly as we would see to be held accountable and held true. the second milestone to add to the corny nautical references that some of us like to pride time to time, while we want to keep our eye on the charts, we are also keeping an eye on the horizon. is the ceqa test. for us to be able to pass the california environmental quality
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act test is also going to require the city to come together, some of our ability to answer what will be a high bar, but one i'm confident we will be able to answer over the next six to 12 months. that is critical because that, of course, requires a more substantive interface with the public itself. the next thing, and ending on this note that i know is important to all of our colleagues on the board of supervisors, is room to hundred. the fact that the best of both worlds is that while we have done so much together to try to secure the rights of the america's cup in hosting it here, we realize that tenant displacement or relocation is on people's minds. we do not want to let that go unnoticed. through hearing that we have called at the board of supervisors, date to be announced, we will get into those details of the massaging of the terms of agreement and asking about what the city's ability are with regard to helping relocate those tenants,
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certainly, that would like to be repositioned and remain. that would be the best of both worlds. that is something we will strive to to the best of our ability. thank you, mayor lee. congratulations. we look forward to working with you, and this is a great first executive order for you to have announced. thank you. [applause] >> mark buell is here today wearing two hats. one is the president of the committee organizing the america's cup, and the other as the president of the recreation and park commission. he is fond of saying that this america's cup will only be successful in all three legs of the three-legged stool are working together -- the city family, the organizing committee, and the event itself. we are blessed to have such a terrific champion for the america's cup leading the organizing committee. [applause] commissioner buell: and you very
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much. we have the easy job. our committee is going to raise about $30 million in the next three years to host the event, and we are committed to helping the event of 40 raise another $270 million to put on the regatta's that lead up to and the hosting of the america's cup. i want to thank the lieutenant governor. he asked me to do this about six months ago. how can you turn down an opportunity to try to create an event in the greatest stadium god could create for the america's cup? i have already had a private conversation with him about getting engaged -- seriously engaged in helping carry out this event. mr. lieutenant governor, i want to thank you for that. to mayor ed lee, i could not be more thrilled than to have this be his first act as mayor -- official at -- and also to list it as one of his top three priorities because it will take
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an enormous effort on everybody's part to raise this money, but i'm delighted to say that i have not come across anyone that is not fully enthusiastic about participating in trying to do it. mr. mayor, i know you are headed to washington tomorrow. senator feinstein, the first words she said to me, were "congratulations." the second was "no federal money." i know you are headed there tomorrow. perhaps you could demonstrate york persuasive powers while you are in washington. at any rate, thank you very much. there will be a place for you to drop your checks off on the way out. thank you very much. [applause] . >> finally, we would not be here today if the america's cup event authority had not chosen so wisely that had chosen sentences go as the venue for the 34th america's cup. it is an incredible pleasure to work with greg thompson, the director of the america's cup
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event of authority, who will be here facilitating the event and making sure that it meets all of the expectations of not just larry ellison and the oracle team, but all of the teams that will be competing here. [applause] >> thank you, jennifer. on behalf of all of us at the america's cup, all my colleagues, and everyone even associated with the cup in any way, we are pleased that the new mayor lee has chosen to stand up and recognize the cut so early in his term. it is a great sign of support and confidence in what we're doing. i have to say the whole city has warmly and enthusiastically embraced as. we feel like everyone is reaching out to us to offer a hand to help us make this the bet -- the best event possible. our job is to stage this event, working very closely together with the people from the city, the board of supervisors, the port authority, all the citizens of san francisco.
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the cup is coming home. it has been gone for a long time, and it is our job, together with all of you, to show the world what this cop really can be. to break this new crown, to take it to the place where it is going to become a worldwide spectacle, not just among the sailing community, but a global sporting spectacle. we have the most perfect place, everyone agrees. we have the sunshine with maybe a little bit more wind, but when we get that, you are going to see some giant votes. it is provisionally being planned that the race will start in this area. you see the course over here. that is just showing where the course will be. the actual course has not been defined yet, but when they get going in this wind at speeds of 40 knots, it is going to blow people away, and they will see something in sailing they have never seen before with cameras on board, showing the expressions on their faces. one of the big first we have -- never before in the history of
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the cubs have people been able to watch this race from the shore. imagine -- it is like going to the basketball game with no fans. we will have now a live sporting event of sailing. there will be literally thousands of people that are going to come out. a lot of them will never have known what sailing is before, but they will walk away, going, "wow, this is incredible." thank you again. we're looking forward to rolling up the sleeves. we have to get some of the space going and talking to people. but here we go. thank you. [applause] >> thank you all for coming. we will do questions off-camera. thanks. or off-stage.
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>> welcome to culture wire. we're going to take a look at one of the biggest and most significant public art projects today. ♪ on june 26, mayor newsom and other officials gathered at the hospital to cut the ribbon and welcome the public into a beautiful new state-of-the-art facility. >> 3, 2, 1.
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[applause] >> in has been 10 years since voters approved the measure for the new building. >> when they cast the vote, we have an exciting opportunities to rethink how art is done in a hospital setting. >> replacement program generated approximately $3.9 million in art enrichment funds for a comprehensive art program that contributes to the quality of life at the hospital by enhancing the environment and supporting the hospital's needs and therapeutic goals. artists were commissioned to create 100 original works of art. as was for the gardens and courtyard areas. >> be artwork does more than just hang on the wall. it will enhance the therapeutics
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of the hospital and will include sensory stimulation, orientation, social interaction. >> it was set into like boxes to create color filled areas in the hospital. inspired by nature, the signature painting of native san francisco birds, clouds, and the surface of the ocean waves were translated into a variety of media including glass mosaic and tapestry. the playful clock encourages memory stimulation among the patients. they used the theme of the four elements as they relate to
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vocation. it is a direct homage to the historical murals in the original laguna honda building. it features to large tile walls. by observing residents, the gardens created a public artwork in the form of the handrail. in one of the outdoor courtyards, the circular grouping of -- with a smooth finish. this features ten unique button sculptures with different pastel colors that function not only as a place to sit, but also as a touchstone to something
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recognizable, familiar, and comforting. another key component included an art project that responded directly to the hospital's rich history. using archival images and artifacts, had designed 16 intricately woven tapestries that are inviting of significant events that shaped the hospital and the community over time. a >> it attracts a lot of visitors, and they are all and all - -in aw -- in awe over the variety of mediums used. >> i think we have given the city of san francisco and the residents an incredible art collection.
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it really encourage people to come and visit the new facility, also to see the arts. >> for more information, visit sfartscommis i'm the president of friends of mclaren park. it is one of the oldest neighborhood community park groups in san francisco. i give a lot of tours through the park. during those tours, a lot of the folks in the group will think of the park as very scary. it has a lot of hills, there's a lot of dense groves. once you get towards the center
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of the park you really lose your orientation. you are very much in a remote area. there are a lot of trees that shield your view from the urban setting. you would simply see different groves that gives you a sense of freedom, of being outdoors, not being burdened by the worries of city life. john mclaren had said that golden gate park was too far away. he proposed that we have a park in the south end of the city. the campaign slogan was, people need this open space. one of the things that had to open is there were a lot of people who did a homestead here, about 25 different families. their property had to be bought up. so it took from 1928 to 1957 to buy up all the parcels of land that ended up in this 317 acres. the park, as a general rule, is heavily used in the mornings
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and the evenings. one of the favorite places is up by the upper reservoir because dogs get to go swim. it's extremely popular. many fights in the city, as you know, about dogs in parks. we have 317 acres and god knows there's plenty of room for both of us. man and his best friend. early in the morning people before they go to work will walk their dogs or go on a jog themselves with their dogs. joggers love the park, there's 7 miles of hiking trails and there's off trail paths that hikers can take. all the recreational areas are heavily used on weekends. we have the group picnic area which should accommodate 200 people, tennis courts are full. it also has 3 playground areas.
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the ampitheater was built in 1972. it was the home of the first blues festival. given the fact that jerry garcia used to play in this park, he was from this neighborhood, everybody knows his reputation. we thought what a great thing it would be to have an ampitheater named after jerry garcia. that is a name that has panache. it brings people from all over the bay area to the ampitheater. the calls that come in, we'd like to do a concert at the jerry garcia ampitheater and we do everything we can to accommodate them and help them because it gets people into the park. people like a lot of color and that's what they call a park. other people don't. you have to try to reconcile all those different points of view. what should a park look like and what should it have? should it be manicured, should it be nice little cobblestones around all of the paths and
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like that. the biggest objective of course is getting people into the park to appreciate open space. whatever that's going to take to make them happy, to get them there, that's the main goal. if it takes a planter with flowers and stuff like that, fine. you know, so what? people need to get away from that urban rush and noise and this is a perfect place to do it. feedback is always amazement. they don't believe that it's in san francisco. we have visitors who will say, i never knew this was here and i'm a native san franciscoan. they wonder how long it's been here. when i tell them next year we'll get to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the park,
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